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Science.gov Announces Spanish Version, Multimedia, and Enhanced Search Features

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Science agencies across the U.S. federal government announced the launch of the Spanish version of Science.gov – http://1.usa.gov/Qq433s.

Ciencia.Science.gov provides the same breadth and depth in science search as does Science.gov, covering over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. Free access is provided to over 55 scientific databases and more than 2,100 selected scientific web sites. Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to Ciencia.Science.gov initiate searches of U.S. databases and web sites with results appearing in Spanish. This represents an innovative use of existing commercial technology to broaden public access to federal science information.

In addition to offering expanded access to the Spanish-speaking public, Science.gov now includes new multimedia content and additional features to help users find the science information they need. For the first time, R&D video is available from the Department of Energy (DOE), MedlinePlus (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search that is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

Genetics Resources for Consumers

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Want to know more about a genetic condition or how genetics can affect health?  The National Library of Medicine has resources for patients, families and students on genetics and inherited diseases.

Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov

GeneEd Web, developed and maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics: http://geneed.nlm.nih.gov

Disaster Apps

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine has compiled a list of mobile applications and mobile-optimized web sites for disaster preparedness and response.

Apps listed include:

  • WISER: information for first responders in HAZMAT situations
  • First Aid from the American Red Cross: life-saving first aid information, including how-to videos
  • Apps from NLM, CDC, EPA, FEMA, and the National Weather Service

The full list: http://1.usa.gov/RMP4DD

Call For Proposals: Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project from the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are partnering to increase the awareness of and access to sex and gender differences research resources available from NIH and their 27 Institutes and Centers throughout the Women’s Health Resources Portal – http://whr.nlm.nih.gov – through a funding opportunity.  The purpose of the Women’s Health Resources Dissemination Project is to design programs for creating and improving access to and use of sex and gender differences information for university and college students, faculty, librarians and health professionals.  Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information that is relevant and usable by the intended audience, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resources on sex and gender difference basic sciences, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research, including the NLM Women’s Health Resources Portal that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources.  The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations between university/colleges and their libraries, specifically medical and health libraries, to students and faculty to increase the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in research design and reporting.  University and college libraries may also increase information access to existing partnerships with outside organizations that are primarily focused on health and medical research.

All proposals much be received by September 10, 2012 at 12:00pm Eastern Time.

To find out more information about this funding opportunity, see the links below:

1) NIHLM2012431A-Partial Small Business Set-Aside: http://1.usa.gov/OnughS

2) NIHLM2012431B-Full and Open – http://1.usa.gov/OtzPgG

New Topic Page: Droughts and Health

Friday, August 10th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center has created a new topic page on Droughts and Health.  Resources include information on droughts in the United States and Internationally, as well as resources for the public health workforce and the public on dealing with the human health effects of droughts.

Droughts and Health Topic Page: http://bit.ly/P9G4ai

Deadline Extended for National Library of Medicine Funding

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

The deadline is extended to Monday, August 20, 2012 for applications for the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012” funding.  NLM must extend the deadline due to a required change in a classification code used on this contract to describe the nature of the work. There are NO OTHER CHANGES to this solicitation. The code change is a technicality that will not require any change in the content of proposals.

If you have already submitted an application, the NLM Office of Acquisitions will contact you with instructions.

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, prehospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the seven projects  funded for 2011-2012 can be viewed at http://bit.ly/OJvoLC

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is now Monday, August 20, 2012 at 2 pm ET. Proposals are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this requirement has been split into two solicitations; one Partial Small Business Set-Aside (RFP No.: NIHLM2012411) and; one Full and Open (RFP No.: NIHLM2012412). The solicitation notices are on FedBizOpps.gov as follows:

Partial Small Business Set-Aside  – http://bit.ly/QBwHQg

Full and Open – http://bit.ly/TcJU1A

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012”, please visit http://bit.ly/Rlyf0u 

The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.

NIH Creates Office of Emergency Care Research

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

To help improve health outcomes of patients who require emergency care, the National Institutes of Health has created a new Office of Emergency Care Research (OECR). The office is a focal point for basic, clinical and translational emergency care research and training across NIH.

“NIH has supported research to advance emergency care for years; however, now we have a single office to coordinate and foster our activities in this arena,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “The NIH Office of Emergency Care Research will focus on speeding diagnosis and improving care for the full spectrum of conditions that require emergency treatment.”

Although OECR will not fund grants, it will foster innovation and improvement in emergency care and in the training of future researchers in this field by:

  • Coordinating funding opportunities that involve multiple NIH institutes and centers.
  • Working closely with the NIH Emergency Care Research Working Group, which includes representatives from most NIH institutes and centers.
  • Organizing scientific meetings to identify new research and training opportunities in the emergency setting.
  • Catalyzing the development of new funding opportunities.
  • Informing investigators about funding opportunities in their areas of interest.
  • Fostering career development for trainees in emergency care research.
  • Representing NIH in government-wide efforts to improve the nation’s emergency care system.

The creation of OECR is the culmination of more than five years of discussions between NIH and the emergency medicine community. OECR also responds to reports about the nation’s emergency medical system issued in 2006 by the Institute of Medicine.

To read more about the OERC the NIH press release is here: http://1.usa.gov/R7lHXK

For more information about the Office of Emergency Care Research, visit http://1.usa.gov/NbbJDg

Wildfire season: resources

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

It’s wildfire season in the Western United States.  The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center has created a resource guide for health issues related to Fires and Wildfires: http://1.usa.gov/NDLq7M

The Forest Service has created a Smokey Bear mobile app to help you properly build and put out a campfire: http://1.usa.gov/NDLELX

WISER for iOS 3.0 – Now Available

Monday, July 9th, 2012

WISER for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. This new release adds native support for the iPad. Search WISER’s full set of known substances, employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability, and leverage WISER’s protective distance mapping feature with an interface customized for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

 WISER for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store: http://bit.ly/LC1e0F

 

AIDS.gov Announces Website Redesign

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

On National HIV Testing Day (June 27), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that AIDS.gov, the gateway to all federal HIV /AIDS information and resources, has been relaunched and redesigned using responsive design.

Responsive web design is a next-generation web development method of designing content so that it works well on both a laptop screen and a smartphone, automatically adjusting its size to fit the screen. AIDS.gov is among the first full-scale federal websites launched using responsive design.

More information including the full press release: http://1.usa.gov/MNwLbd [HHS Press Release, June 27, 2012]